Severs Disease

Severs Disease


What is Severs Disease?

Severs Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis) is inflammation of the growth plate located at the back of your heel bone (calcaneus). Severs is one of the most common causes of heel pain in children between the ages 8-14.


Heel Pain Children

Signs & Symptoms

Discomfort in this condition is characterised by pain and tenderness in the back and bottom of the heel. Pain is often felt during and after increased levels of activity.



Pain and inflammation of the growth plate is generally due to increased muscle tension/strain and repetitive stress.

Due to the rapid growth experienced by children in the 8-14yr age group the growth plate is sometimes placed under increased tension and stress, as the muscles can take time to ‘catch up’ to the bone growth.

Other factors such as; Increased activity (eg: commencing soccer training/games after a relatively inactive off-season), poor foot function/biomechanics, and increased weight can all contribute to the development of this condition.


Treaments offered at Forster Tuncurry Sports Podiatry may comprise of;

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Muscle stretching/strengthening regimes
  • Activity modification
  • Footwear advice
  • Orthoses




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